2020 was the year that we spent more time in our homes than ever before. Seeing as Friday night out is now Friday night in, our kitchens are being used to the fullest degree. Chances are, we have become very aware of areas that could be improved for better functionality - a larger kitchen island, an extra sink, increased storage, or perhaps even that wine fridge you've been contemplating. So if being forced to stay inside has sparked a desire to renovate your kitchen, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite kitchen design trends for 2021.
There are many reasons why white is the most popular colour choice for kitchen cabinets, and it’s no surprise that this trend is still going strong. White kitchens have a timeless appeal and provide a neutral setting for other design elements to really stand out. We are however seeing a shift from white cabinets with cool undertones, to ones that pull a slightly warmer one. Warmer colour palettes and earth tones create a space that is both warm and inviting. If you are looking to create a cozy vibe, consider using a warmer white. Some of our favourite paint colours are Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, Swiss Coffee, White Dove and Natural Cream.
Once considered dated, wood cabinets are enjoying a bit of a revival, especially in the kitchen. Wood finishes such as pale oak and walnut, are a great way to not only warm up the space, but also to provide some texture and contrast. We also love the versatility of wood cabinets as they pair beautifully with pretty much any cabinet colour. In order to keep the look contemporary, you can always use flat front cabinetry, and incorporate either matte black or gold hardware. As for a countertop pairing, we love wood combined with our Unearthed Collection.
Sometimes we need a little pop of colour in our kitchens. If you are feeling bold, green cabinets are a design trend we are seeing emerge everywhere this year. Shades ranging from deep hunter green, to a lighter sage green are making a statement, especially when paired with gold hardware. For an elegant look, we love green paired with our colours Calacatta Gold and Chantilly.
Selecting the right kitchen backsplash can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The good news is, we have the perfect solution for your backsplash dilemma – continuing the quartz countertops up the wall. This not only provides a seamless look (think no grout), it also requires very minimal maintenance just like your quartz countertops. Wondering how to keep your quartz countertops looking good as new? Make sure you check out our Care and Maintenance guide for daily cleaning instructions.
Remember when everything had to match, and it was considered taboo to mix metals? Well, we are happy to report that this is no longer the case. Mixing metals is a great way to layer in some texture and add some contrast into your space. The trick when mixing metals is to make it look intentional by selecting materials that complement each other – think matte black and gold. Another tip is keeping the metals within the same “category.” For example, the appliances are stainless steel, hardware and faucet are matte black, and the lighting is gold.
A well-organized pantry is a staple design feature in most kitchens today. Instead of the pantry being a closed off space, or perhaps a tall cupboard with lots of shelves and drawers, we are seeing a real shift in design. The pantry is no longer a space to tuck away food and essential kitchen items, but rather a beautiful extension of the kitchen. If space permits, you can even add additional countertop space and incorporate features such as floating shelves.
Open shelving has seen a lot of popularity in the past couple of years, and there is no sign of this trend slowing down. Open shelves are a great place to showcase artisanal items and other meaningful treasures. Really anything from vintage glasses, candles, plants to art. We love how open shelving creates a space with personality and character and the best part, you can change the look and feel whenever you want.
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